Memoir as Lyric: Making an Art Out of Memory

Memoir as Lyric: Making an Art Out of Memory

Garrard Conley
Week 10: August 13 to August 18
Time: 1pm-4pm
Tuition: $600
Discipline: Non-Fiction/Memoir
Open to All
Registration Open
Registration Open: 5 places available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

Why does memoir have a reputation for being less "artful?" Surely anyone who has read Mary Karr or James McBride or any number of memoir titans has experienced the great literary pleasures found in our greatest works of fiction. This class will explore, through various memoir excerpts, the ways in which writers have raised the genre to new heights. We will also explore, through poetry and fiction, techniques memoirists can use to enrich narrative nonfiction. We will discuss how order and narrative distance can be adjusted to produce stronger sentences and deeper insight into the human condition. This class will be a combination of workshop, generative exercises, and discussion.

Please submit a 20 page (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) memoir or fiction manuscript to by August 4. Also, please bring 6 copies of the same manuscript to the first class meeting. 


GARRARD CONLEY is the author of the memoir, Boy Erased. His work can be found in TIME, VICE, CNN, Buzzfeed Books, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Writers' Conferences and has facilitated craft classes for Catapult, Grub Street, and the Sackett Street Writers Workshop. chose Boy Erased as one of the Top Ten Memoirs of 2016.